By General Crafts Contributor Michelle
Create cute sewing pins with your own artwork.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- Grafix Shrink Film 8 1/2 x 11 in.
- Liquimark Colored Pencil Set Color Therapy 50pc
- Sakura Pen-Touch Paint Marker Fine Tip Black
- EK Success Mini Punch Circle 1/2 in.
- Dressmaker Pins by Dritz Size 17 Steel 750 pc.
- Parchment Paper
- Baking Sheet
- Toaster oven/oven
To begin, check the shrink rate of your shrink film–most shrink films shrink down by 50% when heated, and a drawing that is about 1/2-inch in size, shrinks down to a good size for a decorative pin head. Start by outlining your drawings with the fine tip black marker, and then color in the drawings with the colored pencils. If you want to make nice, uniform round pin heads, use the 1/2 inch punch to punch circles from your shrink film to draw on, and color.
Use your scissors to cut out around your drawings. Then, take one of your pins, and push the pin through the center of your cut-out, so the cut-out is pushed clear up against the head of the pin.
Preheat the oven according to the shrink film directions. Cut two pieces of parchment paper–one to line the baking sheet, and the other to fit on top of your pins. Push the pins through one sheet of the parchment paper, so the paper is pushed down tight against the pin heads, and it will hold the shrink film flat as it heats. Shrink the film according to package directions. That’s it1 Now you can make all sorts of cute pins to use while sewing!